Trio Leads No. 11/14 Men's Lacrosse To ECAC-Opening Win
March 3, 2012
LOUISVILLE - Eric Lusby and Davis Butts each recorded career-highs in goals and points, and J.P. Dalton controlled the face-off `X' as No. 11/14 Loyola University Maryland defeated host Bellarmine University, 11-8, on Saturday afternoon in the ECAC Lacrosse League opener for both teams.
Lusby finished with five goals and six points, all coming in the second half, and Butts scored four times.
Dalton finished the game 15-of-23 on restarts, going 7-of-8 in the third quarter when Loyola (3-0 overall, 1-0 ECAC) came back from a 4-2 halftime deficit to take a 7-6 lead.
Bellarmine (1-2, 0-1) scored the game's first three goals and after Loyola scored twice to get within one, the Knights scored with three seconds left following a Greyhounds' turnover before the half.
Dalton then won the second half's first two face-offs, and Loyola took advantage. Butts used a Chris Layne pass to scored 2:19 into the third quarter, and Pat Byrnes tied the game at 4-4 with a goal 43 seconds later.
The game would not stay tied for long, however, as Bellarmine won the ensuing face-off, and Michael Ward put the Knights up 5-4 with 11:17 on the clock.
That was the only face-off Dalton would lose, however, in the third quarter. Lusby scored his first of three-straight at 4:03, and he then gave Loyola its first lead of the game at 3:21 with another.
Each of his first two goals came off Justin Ward assists. Ward, who had five assists last week, finished with a game-high three helpers.
Ward then completed the hat trick in at the 2:28 mark when he hit the post with a shot, picked up the ground ball and beat Bellarmine goalkeeper Dillon Ward for his third goal in 1-minute, 35-seconds. The third goal in the stretch put Loyola on top, 7-5.
Bellarmine got back within a goal as Michael Ward scored with 58 ticks left in the frame, but Loyola scored four in a row to start the fourth quarter, putting the game out of reach.
Lusby added his fourth of the game 1:16 into the stanza, and Butts scored off a Lusby assist with 10:51 to play. Lusby tallied his career-high fifth goal with 7:40, and Butts added his fourth with 5:41 to play.
Bellarmine added two man-up goals in the final six minutes, but the Greyhounds held off any further Knights advances late.
Lusby eclipsed his previous career-high of four goals set in the 2012 season-opener on February 18 against Delaware. Butts had just one goal in the Greyhound's first two wins of the season, and his four goals today doubled his previous high of two.
Dalton logged a career-best in face-off wins with 15, one better than his previous high of 14 from the Delaware game. He also picked up a game- and career-high eight ground balls. He also scored a first-half goal.
Loyola continues its road trip on Wednesday, March 7, when it takes on the University of Michigan in the Wolverines first-ever home game.
Four Greyhounds Earn Face-Off Yearbook...
Four Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse players – Ryan Fournier, Zach...
Val Szczepaniak, 1943-2015
Longtime Loyola University Maryland athletics employee Val Szczepaniak, passed away Monday, Dec. ...
Loyola Men's Lacrosse Sets 2016 Schedule
Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse has unveiled its 2016 regular-season schedule...
Fletcher ’14 Joins Men’s Lacrosse...
Three-time All-American and reigning Major League Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year Joe...
Albrecht, Carrigan, Manning, Sherlock Named Men...
Four Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse players – seniors Tyler Albrecht and...
Men's Lacrosse Welcomes 15 Newcomers For 2015-2016
Loyola University Maryland Head Coach Charley Toomey, the Greyhounds staff and several returning ...
Fletcher, Ward Named To Patriot League 25th...
Despite playing just one season in the Patriot League, former Loyola University Maryland men̵...
Fletcher '14 Named MLL Defensive POY, Edging...
Joe Fletcher, a 2014 Loyola University Maryland graduate, was named this year's Major League...
Saturday, Feb 13 EVENT LOCATION TIME COVERAGE Virginia Charlottesville, Va. 1:00 PM Video Saturday, Feb 20 EVENT LOCATION TIME COVERAGE Johns Hopkins Ridley Athletic Complex 1:00 PM Saturday, Feb 27 EVENT LOCATION TIME COVERAGE Lafayette Ridley Athletic Complex 1:00 PM Video Wednesday, Mar 2 EVENT LOCATION TIME COVERAGE Towson Ridley Athletic Complex 4:00 PM Saturday, Mar 5 EVENT LOCATION TIME COVERAGE Holy Cross Worcester, Mass. 1:00 PM